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Nov 25th


Profiles in Excellence: A conversation with Mahmoud El-Kati

Profiles in Excellence: A conversation with Mahmoud El-KatiI knew well before I sat down with Mahmoud El-Kati that this interview and the subsequent piece to come from it would be like no other I had written before.

Normally, in a standard reporter’s notebook, an interview or press conference takes up just a few pages. For me, I can have notes from up to five or six stories in one notebook. With El-Kati – professor emeritus at St. Paul’s Macalester College – I needed the entire notebook, and we both agreed that this was just part one of the interview. We barely got through the college years of the 78-year-young scholar, activist and iconic figure.

NAACP leaders congratulate LaJune Montgomery Tabron, new President & CEO of W.K. Kellogg Foundation

NAACP leaders congratulate LaJune Montgomery Tabron, new President & CEO of W.K. Kellogg Foundation(Baltimore, MD) – NAACP leaders congratulated LaJune Montgomery Tabron, former Executive Vice President of Operations and Treasurer at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, for her appointment to President and CEO of the foundation, effective January 1, 2014.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. presents "The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross" premiering on PBS

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. presents New six-part, six-hour series takes viewers on an unprecedented journey through African-American history—from slavery to freedom, and from the plantation to the White House

Noted Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. recounts the full trajectory of African-American history in his groundbreaking new six-part series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. premiering Tuesdays, October 22, 29 – November 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2013, 8-9 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings). Written and presented by Professor Gates, the six-hour series explores the evolution of the African-American people, as well as the multiplicity of cultural institutions, political strategies, and religious and social perspectives they developed — forging their own history, culture and society against unimaginable odds. Commencing with the origins of slavery in Africa, the series moves through five centuries of remarkable historic events right up to the present — when America is led by a black president, yet remains a nation deeply divided by race.

African Women’s Development Fund USA comes to Minnesota

African Women’s Development Fund USA comes to MinnesotaToday's grandmothers are younger, healthier, better educated and better off than grandmothers have ever been.

Across the country and the world, often unheralded women elders are charting a new future for their communities. Whether serving as activists, caregivers, philanthropists, community volunteers or in many other roles, grandmothers are a vital force. Women across the African Diaspora and throughout the world have launched a new international grandmother movement.

West Broadway welcomes Mr. BBQ Express

West Broadway welcomes Mr. BBQ ExpressSince opening on West Broadway in August, Mr. BBQ Express has experienced a warm welcome from the community. Area residents, as well as people passing through on their way to and from Robbinsdale, are filling the small restaurant daily, hungry for the St. Louis pork ribs, beef tips, fried chicken and all the classic side dishes one expects: macaroni and cheese, collard greens, rice and beans, mashed potatoes and more. "We're very pleased with business and our clientele so far," says manager Ted Wilebski.

Justice 4 All: Bridging the racial jobs gap

Justice 4 All: Bridging the racial jobs gapDid you know that in Minnesota one in five people have an arrest or conviction record that can show up on a routine criminal background check for employment? Community members with a criminal or arrest record are routinely denied employment, leading to one million people within Minnesota struggling to find work. A person’s criminal record and even a person’s arrest record will follow them throughout their lives and may negatively impact their employment opportunities. By promoting changes to employer’s use of background information, it allows for access to employment opportunities for those with criminal records. 

Gates unlocked!

Gates unlocked!Born in Keyser, West Virginia on September 16, 1950, Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African-American Research at Harvard University. He is the author of 16 books, has made 12 documentaries, and is the editor-in-chief of The Root, a daily online magazine.

The Links: Emerald Service Awards

The Links: Emerald Service AwardsMargaret Hawkins and Sarah Scott gathered seven of their friends at a planning meeting on the evening of Nov. 9, 1946 at a home in Philadelphia.

This was the next step in their plans to officially form a club of African-American women with various chapters along the eastern seaboard. The women would participate in civic, educational, and cultural activities. Additionally, they would develop a deep understanding of their social and civic responsibilities. They called themselves The Links.

President Obama prevails in budget showdown

President Obama prevails in budget showdownWASHINGTON (NNPA) – President Barack Obama signed a bill into law early Thursday morning that ended the 16-day government shutdown and averted an impending financial crisis by raising the debt ceiling.

Members appointed to serve on Cultural and Ethnic Communities Leadership Council

Members appointed to serve on Cultural and Ethnic Communities Leadership CouncilThe Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) recently appointed 33 people to a council charged with reducing disparities within programs serving human services clients.

The Cultural and Ethnic Communities Leadership Council was established by the Minnesota Legislature in 2013, and will advise the Human Services commissioner on reducing disparities that affect racial and ethnic groups in human services programs and ensure that departmental policies and procedures are aligned to promote the best possible outcomes for all Minnesotans.

Minnesota rolls out online voter registration

Minnesota rolls out online voter registrationWhen my husband moved to Minnesota from Maine 17 years ago, he was met at the curb by our friend Tim, who handed him a voter registration card. As most Minnesotans know, voters have had the choice of filling out a registration card in advance or taking advantage of same-day registration at the polls.
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